A former editor of Boston Review and a widely published book critic, Gail Pool has published three critically acclaimed books: Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork, a travel memoir; Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America, an in-depth look at how reviewing works and fails; and Other People's Mail: An Anthology of Letter Stories. Her essays, book columns, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Women's Review of Books, Columbia Journalism Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Christian Science Monitor, Massachusetts Review, The Plain Dealer, The Nation and many other publications. She holds a BA in Ancient Greek from Harvard University, as well as an MA in English and Creative Writing and an MLS. For many years she taught Writing for Publication at the Radcliffe Seminars. Born in New York City, she lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA, and in Sanibel, FL.